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English StudiesThe English Studies special issue on Shakespeare and Theory, guest edited by François-Xavier Gleyzon and Johann Gregory, included articles from two Cardiff University PhD students - Étienne Poulard and Johann Gregory.

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Wales Book of the Year Award 2013

The TestimonyCongratulations to James Smythe whose recent novel, The Testimony, won the Fiction Category for the Wales Books of the Year Award 2013. 

James completed his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at Cardiff University in 2009.

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For more information about Wales Book of the Year Award contact Literature Wales:
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Would you like your story to be told?

Research students from ENCAP ran a workshop on community storytelling in collaboration with Butetown History and Arts Centre on Saturday 1st June, 10am – 3:30pm. The workshop’s theme was journeys & migration, with participants invited to come and share either their own or their family’s stories of migration with the wider world.

Participants were encouraged to share stories using images and objects, and stories from the day were captured and compiled into a ‘virtual book’ after the event and stored on the Travellers' Tales blog. The first part of the day was spent story telling and learning about the research behind the project. After lunch, participants got the opportunity to work creatively with visual artists and researchers to re-tell and record their stories.

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This workshop is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of ENCAP‘s Collaborative Skills Development programme.

Partitions: What are they good for?

The School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University and the School of English, University of St Andrews were delighted to announce the launch of an AHRC funded research network on comparative partitions. This is an international research network comprising cutting-edge, interdisciplinary and comparative research on political partitions across a wide historical and geographical span. For more information, and to join the network, please visit: or email

Nominees for the Enriching Student Life Awards Announced

Enriching Student Life Awards 2013Congratulations to Ellen Chistopher who was nominated for the Most Helpful Member of Staff award. Congratulations also to Professor Martin Coyle who was nominated for the Most Effective Member of Staff in the annual Enriching Student Life Awards 2013.

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Crime Fiction in the City: Capital Crimes

Capital Crime

The University of Wales Press published an exciting new collection which reconsiders and rereads the significance of location in crime fiction.

Crime Fiction in the City: Capital Crimes, edited by Lucy Andrew and Catherine Phelps, expands upon previous studies of the urban space and crime by reflecting on the treatment of the capital city, a repository of authority, national identity and culture, within crime fiction. 

The latest volume published in the European Crime Fictions series, this wide-ranging collection looks at capital cities across Europe, from the more traditional centres of power – Paris, Rome and London – to Europe’s most northern capital, Stockholm. Importantly, the focus is not just on the capital cities which have long been associated with the genre, but it also considers on cities such as Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin, which are more immediately concerned with emerging national identities.

The texts under consideration span the nineteenth-century city mysteries to contemporary populist crime fiction. The collection opens with a reflective essay by Ian Rankin and aims to inaugurate a dialogue between Anglophone and European crime writing; to explore the marginalised works of Irish and Welsh writers alongside established European crime writers and to interrogate the relationship between fact and fiction, creativity and criticism, within the crime genre.   

Appealing to academics and non-academics with an interest in crime fiction, the collection has both academic rigour and popular appeal.

Lucy Andrew and Catherine Phelps are PhD students and postgraduate tutors at Cardiff University.

University praised for homework club support

Homework Club

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales has praised the work of University students in supporting a local community homework club.

Established by Adamsdown Communities First and the Adamsdown African Association, the club sees University students support and encourage children with their homework, exam preparation and other learning activities.

It aims to raise attainment and achievement with students in inner city schools and colleges, in particular children from families who have little or no history of going to university.

Ben Ford, a Cardiff University second year English Language and Philosophy student who is involved in the homework club said: "Having come from a widening access background, in a school with a difficult catchment area far from a university, extracurricular one-to-one help would have been a great help in encouraging unconfident children to persist academically and achieve their potential.

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Professor Christopher Norris - Enigma Variations

Enigma Variations is to appear as part of a volume of philosophically themed verse-essays by Professor Norris, in mid-to-late 2013, from the University of Manila Press.

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Staff Publications

Rediscovering Margiad Evans: Marginality, Gender and IllnessProfessor Katie Gramich’s new co edited book with Kirsti Bohata Rediscovering Margiad Evans: Marginality, Gender and Illness will be available via University of Wales Press from April 2013.

Margiad Evans (1909–58) was an outstanding writer of the Welsh borderlands whose work was widely admired during her lifetime. She wrote novels, short stories, poetry, and autobiographical works of great originality and nuance. Her life was transformed in later years by epilepsy, followed by the diagnosis of a brain tumour that led to her early death. This major volume of essays sets out to rediscover the extraordinary work of Margiad Evans, from her use of folktale and the Gothic to the influence of her epilepsy on her creative work.

Richard III: “To Prove a Villain” by Michael Goodman

Shakespeare: the discovery of the bones of Richard III. This post is by Michael Goodman, a Cardiff PhD student, and the blog is run by another Cardiff PhD student Johann Gregory.

Drawing on Cardiff Research

Dr Lisa El RefaieA Cardiff academic’s research expertise in the educational use of comics has been used to help cut the spread of HIV/Aids in South Africa.

Whizzkids United (WU) is a small South African charity that educates teenagers about HIV/Aids. Using research by Dr Lisa El Refaie from the University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy on the educational uses of cartoon and comics, the charity has developed a new training programme where teenagers engage in drawing comics as a means of developing life skills and educating peers.

“My research has found that cartoons offer a good way of helping people grasp complex information and engage with different points of view,” said Dr El Refaie.

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